5 best hand creams for nurses

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Hand washing, hand washing, hand washing! Sound familiar? If you’re like me, your hands probably look as if someone has taken a piece of sandpaper and massaged your skin with it! Ouch!

The continual hand washing we nurses do can take quite the toll on our hands and skin. Here are a few of my favorite hand moisturizers and lotions to help repair dry and cracked hands.

1) Eucerin Hand Cream

I always love to use Eucerin during the winter months. This lotion feels great on the hands without having that really greasy feel afterwards. The best part about this product is that it works great for dry skin on babies. I actually tried Eucerin for the first time after it was used on my son in the local children’s hospital.

2) Vaseline Intensive Care

This is what I call “The Old Stand By.” Vaseline products have been around for years and I think that speaks volumes when it comes to product reliability.  I like this lotion because it is inexpensive for a large pump size and a little bit goes a long way. This product is good for maintaining healthy skin and nails.  This lotion also has a nice, but light fragrance.

3) Neutrogena Norwegian Formula

This is a great lotion that in my opinion, penetrates really well into the skin.  By this, I mean that after I wash my hands, I still feel as if they are somewhat moisturized and that I haven’t washed off all the lotion that I applied. I really like this for when my hands are feeling chapped and sore after a day at the hospital.

4) Philosophy Pure Grace Lotion

This lotion is one of my favorites. I first saw the Philosophy products on one of Oprah’s Favorite Things episodes a few years back.  Not only does this lotion feel wonderful on my hands, but it smells amazing! I know we really shouldn’t use “smelly” fragrances in the hospital, but this has a nice clean scent. By no means does it smell like a perfume. This lotion is a little pricier than the others, but it is a nice treat for your hands. While the other products can be found at local drug stores, Philosophy Pure Grace can be found at Macy’s and Ulta.

5) Johnson’s Baby Lotion

Who doesn’t love the smell of a clean baby? If it is gentle enough for our babies it must be good for our hands right? With its trademark pink bottle and baby powder scent, there is just something about Johnson’s Baby Lotion that is both nostalgic and sweet.

What are your favorite hand lotions?

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